NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale lightweight crew hosted MIT and Georgetown at home on Saturday, winning all races. Finishing first against MIT in the first varsity eight, Yale retains the James C. Joy Cup and extends its win streak to 39 consecutive races. Jimmy Joy was a long-time and much beloved coach of the Y150 as well as at M.I.T., and the Cup, donated by Jimmy's Yale oarsmen, is awarded to the winner of the annual race between Yale and M.I.T.
In contrast to Princeton, N.J. a week earlier, the Y150 faced considerably faster conditions on Saturday morning. Recent rains drove a strong Housatonic flow, and that universal factor, combined with a brisk Connecticut tailwind, made for a challenging platform on which to compete.
First on the course was the first varsity eight at 8:30 a.m. Yale started well and so did Georgetown, with MIT a little bit back. By the 500-meter mark, Yale had 2/3rds of a length on Georgetown. Through the turn, the Bulldogs built on that lead which widened over the Hoyas in the closing 1km. Yale won the race in a time of 5:25.3 over Georgetown (5:32.5) over MIT (5:40.8). Yale's time is a new lightweight course record on the Housatonic.
Next the Yale JV stood up to the challenge. In similar fashion, the 2V got off to a quick start, quickly establishing a small lead. The Hoyas were relentless in their efforts and stuck with the Bulldogs for the first half of the race. Passing the turn however, Yale was able to lengthen out their lead. Yale finished just over 9 seconds ahead of Georgetown. Yale finished in a time of 5:33.1 over Georgetown (5:42.5), over MIT (5:50.8).
The Yale 3V rounded out the morning racing. The Bulldogs continued the successes of their compatriots and established a strong lead in the early going despite some steering (mis-)adventure that was caused by an earlier encounter with some rogue debris during the warm-up. Yale coxswain Gabi Seo '20 wrestled adequately with the balky steering to go through the proper lanes in due course and… crisis avoided. In the end, the Bulldogs powered to the finish in a time of 5:41.9 over Georgetown (5:51.4).
Next weekend, Y150 will be hosting crews from Columbia and Pennsylvania for the Dodge Cup.
Full results can be viewed on row2k here.
Report filed by Sports Publicity